24 04, 2016

Your Primer on Expat Living

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:16+00:00 April 24th, 2016|good nonfiction, main dishes|0 Comments

This week, we take a look at Big in China by Alan Paul. If you happen to recall our discussion of Foremost Good Fortune a few weeks ago, you might think this blog is turning into Your Primer on Expat Living, China Edition. Paul was the “trailing spouse” of his wife, Becky, who accepted the assignment of the Wall Street Journal’s Beijing bureau chief. Becky [...]

3 01, 2016

Are You Expat Material?

By | 2016-12-29T23:56:18+00:00 January 3rd, 2016|good nonfiction, sandwiches, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Take an ordinary American family: mom, dad, two young boys. Put them through a common American ordeal: packing up their furniture, their books, their toys, and moving it all to a new home. In Beijing. Foremost Good Fortune is Susan Conley’s memoir of two and a half years in China which, I don’t have to tell you, doesn’t much resemble her native Portland, Maine. For [...]